"A great read"
Kate Owens has dreamed of Jake ever since she was a child.
Her dreams envision him to be handsome, loving, and
friendly, and no real-life man has ever been able to compare.
After Kate's engagement ends, she moves to a
nineteenth-century house in New York State, on the shores of
Lake Ontario. On her first night in her new home, she goes
out onto the Widow's Walk to clear her head and take in the
view, and finds Jake instead -- out of her dreams and in
Well, almost real life. It turns out that Jake is a ghost,
and Kate's dreams of him are snippets of his life in the
early 1900s. His life with a woman named Caitlin. For his
part, Jake is convinced that Kate is the reincarnation of
his beloved Caitlin, though Kate isn't so sure.
Kate finds herself falling in love with Jake, even if she
can't quite believe that she's developing feelings for a
ghost. But Jake can become "whole" again, if an ancient
family curse is broken. Jake is sure that the reason he
comes to the house every year is to find the charms that can
break the curse. When Jake sees that Kate is wearing one of
the charms, he is even more convinced that she is the
reincarnation of Caitlin.
With Kate's help, they search for the second charm. They
must overcome the hurdles that are thrown in their path,
including someone using dark magic.
I loved this book. I'm used to reading books about past
lives where both the hero and heroine have been
reincarnated, so for me, this book was a refreshing change.
The idea of a ghost coming to life was an interesting one,
and I think that it really worked here.
I did, however, feel that the book was too short. The climax
felt very abrupt to me, and I thought that the "final
battle" ended much too quickly and much too nicely. I also
felt that the villain wasn't fleshed out enough. Yes, there
were strong hints as to who the villain was, but his scenes
felt too short and somewhat simplistic to me, especially
since there was the potential for some great conflict and
Regardless, I loved this book and look forward to reading
more of this author's titles.
Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted March 13, 2010